The Browning Award was established in honor of two community supporters, the late Carter Browning, who served as the principal at Hickory Flat Elementary for 24 years and his wife Elizabeth who served that same length of time as the school media specialist.
They lived in a home next to the school and dedicated themselves to Hickory Flat Elementary as well as to the entire Hickory Flat community.
They were a team that exemplified the highest qualities of service, dedication, care and compassion to those they served, said a release about the awards.
Among this year’s recipients, the Bowdens have ministered to and served community members for 70-plus years. ‘Ms. Bunky” worked at Hickory Flat Elementary in various capacities, always showering loving care to the children and support to the staff.
“My grandparents have taught me, through their service, the importance of caring for others and their community. They have helped love and rear generations of Hickory Flat youth through their dedication to the school, community and Antioch Christian Church,” their granddaughter said in making the nomination.
Ronald and Betty Page, dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have opened their home on Vaughn Road to the community to celebrate Christmas for the past 18 years.
More than 7,000 individuals have visited their home, some even coming from different states on an annual basis. Their daughter wrote: “Opening their home to the community each year is a testament of their love for the community in which they lived and reared their family and to the people who live in the community today.”
The Thomas/Pinyan family has lived in Hickory Flat for many generations. Several of the family members continue to live here and support the area with dedicated service as did their ancestors, Homer and Lilla Thomas and Jim and Myrtie Pinyan and other family members.
The Browning Award Celebration is April 25 at 7 p.m. at Antioch Christian Church located at 3595 Sugar Pike Road.
A reception will be held at the church following the presentations of the awards. The celebration is open to the public.